Are Genetically Modified Foods the Way to Go? Essay

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We are consuming genetically modified and processed foods every day. Genetically modified and process foods cover roughly 60 to 70% of our food supply. Supermarket processed food items now "test positive" for the presence of genetically modified ingredients. The "hidden menu" of these unlabeled genetically modified foods and food ingredients in the US now includes soybeans, soy oil, corn, potatoes, squash, canola oil, cotton seed oil, papaya, tomatoes, and dairy products. But genetic manipulation is something so very different. No one has seen a "gene", and the best teaching by the brightest minds cannot adequately convey the ideas of the uniqueness of the genome and how we can read this uniqueness. In short, very few people understand the …show more content…
There are certain studies that should have been performed and eliminated before their introduction. There are certain crops have been genetically modified such as tomatoes, soybean, corn, cotton, just to name a few and how they affect humans and animals. Genetically modified foods causes bacteria’s to become resistant to antibiotics, produce allergies, intestinal infections and how they also affect the reproductive system. The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks—compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy. The GM-fed babies were also smaller, and later had problems getting pregnant. (Cummins)
The toxin levels in genetically modified foods can be very unpredictable. He shows a concern to the fact that more testing and studies need to be performed. (Cummins) In 1989 a genetically engineered brand of L-tryptophan, a common dietary supplement, killed 37 Americans and permanently disabled or afflicted more than 5,000 others with a potentially fatal and painful blood disorder, eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS), before it was recalled by the Food and Drug Administration. (Cummins) In 1994, the FDA approved the sale of Monsanto's controversial GE recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) -- injected into dairy cows to force them to produce more milk -- even though scientists warned that significantly higher levels (400-500% or more) of
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